Daniel Bitran

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Spontaneous coronary artery dissection is an extremely rare cause of myocardial infarction. It has been reported mainly in young women during or after pregnancy. The prognosis and treatment of coronary dissection are not clear. We report three cases of spontaneous coronary artery dissection in young women. One of them was pregnant and one was 2 weeks after(More)
BACKGROUND While aortic valve prostheses are known to perform well at rest, few studies have examined them under stress. We compared stress hemodynamics of mechanical valves and nonstented porcine valves in the aortic position to that of normal native aortic valves. METHODS Dobutamine echocardiography was used to assess mean and peak gradients and(More)
BACKGROUND Prolonged intensive care unit (ICU) stay is a surrogate for advanced morbidity or perioperative complications, and resource utilization may become an issue. It is our policy to continue full life support in the ICU, even for patients with a seemingly grim outlook. We examined the effect of duration of ICU stay on early outcomes and late survival.(More)
Intraaortic balloon counterpulsation was undertaken in 24 patients with acute myocardial infarction. The patients were divided into four groups: severe left ventricular dysfunction (11 patients), mechanical lesions (6), intractable angina pectoris (6) and refractory ventricular tachycardia (1). The clinical condition and the hemodynamic measurements(More)
A 32-year-old woman, in the 22nd week of pregnancy, underwent emergency coronary artery bypass grafting to the left anterior descending artery (LAD). She had suffered an acute myocardial infarction 10 days previously, and continued to suffer from intractable angina pectoris afterwards. Cardiac catheterization revealed spontaneous dissection of the LAD. The(More)
BACKGROUND The surgical treatment of ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) usually involves implantation of an annuloplasty ring. We compared results of mitral valve repair using a flexible or a rigid annuloplasty ring in patients with ischemic MR undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery. METHODS There were 169 patients. A flexible ring was implanted(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with ischemic mitral valve insufficiency (MR) and poor left ventricular (LV) function present a high operative risk. Whether to repair or replace these valves is controversial, while some suggest that heart transplant offers a better solution. We investigated our early and late results in this difficult subset of patients. METHODS(More)
Patients with ischemic mitral insufficiency and poor left ventricular function are high operative risks. We present 101 patients who had mitral valve repair in our department: 21 had severely reduced left ventricular function, 19 were in NYHA functional Class IV, and 2 in Class III. All had concomitant coronary artery bypass. There was no early operative(More)